I want to tell you something because this is an odd post for me. I am dedicating this Kickstarter Highlight to my wife. I don’t know if you can dedicate a blog post to someone, but I will. I have enjoyed introducing my wife to D&D as of late and she has taken to it so seamlessly. She is a nerdy woman and I definitely lucked out, the moment I saw the title of this game I immediately thought of her and after looking into this, I knew I had to share it with you!
This is a very different roleplaying game than I was expecting. My mind was already wondering what dice system this new game would utilize. I was way off the mark because this style of roleplaying game is a lot more character acting than crunching numbers. You work as a group to decide the type of story being told and any specifics, then once that is decided you build your character with four components: your character role, your family background, your relationship and of course your secret desire.
Once you have your character down, it is now time for the
Dungeon Master Facilitator to set the world up for everyone. The facilitator will also play all the additional roles needed for the story to go on without a hitch. This is where the game mechanics really come in.
As the creators state on the campaign page, they aimed to create mechanics that mirrored the mechanics of Austen’s world. Reputation, family background, rumor, scandal, and even writing letters drive the game. These mechanics are all geared towards narrative and collaborative play, allowing players to work together to shape the story they want to tell.
The main game mechanic of Good Society is the use of “resolve tokens”. These tokens are what dice are to people playing Dungeons and Dragons. They are the tools that will allow you to really take control of the world around you. These tokens will give story changing abilities to the characters and the facilitator. These tokens will allow you to do a lot of different things like:
- Causing an event, conversation, or circumstance to occur
- Manipulating or changing a character’s feelings
- Procuring favors or discovering secrets
- Creating details about the past, or even flashbacks
Check out the campaign page to find out more, including a couple of videos where the game is actually being played out. Now I know that this may not be your cup of tea, maybe you like a good wargame? This would not be a game I would personally jump out to play, but if my wife asked then I would give it a go. I am really interested to see how the resolve tokens impact gameplay, especially for a facilitator.
Have you seen any good RPGs pop up on Kickstarter that I should look over? I am also looking to transition my Kickstarter Highlight blog to a weekly standard where I talk about a collection of games in one post rather one at a time and I really want your feedback, so let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!
(Happy early Valentines Day Bunny!)